Thursday, 12 July 2018
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
Broadband Service Provision
601. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the progress made by the eNet-SSE fibre to the premises roll-out that he launched in Ballinasloe in September 2017; when it is expected that the promised fibre to the premises roll-out will go live in Ballinasloe and Roscommon towns; when it is expected phase 2 of the network roll out will commence construction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31926/18]
In September 2017 enet/SSE announced a project to bring high speed broadband to 115,000 homes and businesses across the West and North West of Ireland. As the Deputy is aware, Eir withdrew from the National Broadband Plan procurement process in January 2018 leaving enet/SSE the remaining bidder in the process and as such the company is now engaged with my Department in a more extensive deployment process.
Operational decisions of private telecommunications companies, including plans to deploy high speed fibre infrastructure to premises outside the NBP intervention area, are a matter for these commercial operators.